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"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No writer alive can move one as O'Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension or choke with emotion. He is the master." (Irish Times)
You don't need to be a historical novel fan or a fan of military or maritime themes to enjoy this book. The story was quite engaging and also well read. I was interested enough to come away wanting to listen to/read the other books in the series at some point.
Not to disparage Mr. Tull's reading, but since a choice is available it did seem immediately apparent that Simon Vance's more dynamic, and at the risk of seeming ageist, more youthful reading did lend itself better to this action adventure tale. You get the tale 3 hours faster, and that can only be a good thing.
I really appreciated the detail in this selection. The character of Maturin is a terrific tool for aquainting the "lubber" with life aboard ship. Through his eyes we learn the ship and the jargon of the Navy. Sharing his first experiences allows O'Brien to give a lot of description without departing from the story. Cleverly done. Certainly not a light book. It demanded a fair amount of concentration.
I was excited to be reading this novel. The movie received so much hype that I wanted to listen to this before actually seeing the movie. After listening fretfully for 3 hours, I must say that I can no longer sustain it. It moves at a very slow pace and seems to go nowhere. I was looking for an action and adventure type of story and received way too much detail. For me personally, I will invest in the 3 hour movie and leave the 16+ hour narrative behind.
This is the first Audible book (I have both the book and periodical subscription) in a year that I have not enjoyed thoroughly. I listen to 1 or more books per month and the daily WSJ subscription. All have been very well done. This rendition was first difficult to follow at first with the British accent (Narrated by Patrick Tull - although it did add more authenticity). I kept up with it thinking I would eventually get into the story, but alas, I never could. I can not recommend this to a casual reader looking for fun and adventure.
I listen to 7 or 8 audiobooks per month, and of over 50 titles I've gotten from Audible, this is the first one I couldn't finish. I've listened to the first 20 minutes 3 times, but can't get past that point. In truth, my mind starts wandering pretty much as soon as the prologue is done.
This is the first book in over a year I couldn't finish because I'm using the books to keep awake while driving!
Tull reads masterfully but his voice doesn't make one think of a captain, but rather that insurance salesman that calls during dinner. Sorry to all those insurance salesmen out there.
If you aren't a historical detail lover then steer away.
A different narrator and a much better producer. You can hear the echo of the narrator and other people talking in the background throughout what I got through (4:45).
Jack Aubrey for sure.
Either he REFUSED to stop for a drink or wasn't allowed a break, so his voice would continue to get more gravely and he would stop to swallow again and again and again. I tried every way to listen to get through this book but I simply could not do it.
I would NEVER EVER listen to anything this guy read EVER.
Wordy as hell and confusing with no nautical or naval experience. But that is my ignorance and, I believe, the nature of this author and the series to give a story as close to actual history as possible.
I have not disliked another narrator and usually they add to the novel but I just couldn't get past the Hi-Fi spit swallow sound.
There's less a plot and more a series of things that happen. It's interesting enough, but I felt like I was reading a series of consecutive stories rather than a novel.
I would have added a more central conflict.
The reader speaks veeeerrrrryyyy sssllloooooowwwwlllyyyy. I actually found it unlistenable at regular speed and had to listen to it at 1.5x (yay Audible app for Android, which allows me to do this!)
Disappointment after gotten such glowing recommendations.
Patrick Tull is boring. He lacks the ability to distinguish between characters. The production value is also poor - as you can hear the narrators every sniffle and gasp for air.
Had someone else read his book.
Lack of distinction in character voices. No passion. Acted as though we was reading a school text, versus a novel.
I wanted to throw my blackberry of the Metro.
Avoid Patrick Tull....
Patrick Tull is not a good narrator. If I had known that Simon Vance had a version of this book, I would have gotten it instead. Simon Vance is the better narrator IMHO. Just look at the wide variety of novels by other authors read by him with high ratings. Patrick Tull on the other hand has these annoying pauses where he is "catching his breath" and sometimes you can even hear his breathing.
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